Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #98
It’s that time of week once more for our quick-hit news and links round up of items we’ve noticed over the last few days:
Captain America co-creator Joe Simon’s daughter, Melissa Groben, commented that there was no wrong way to use the iconic character, including in an anti-Trump manner. “Captain America has been around for a long time, so anytime there is any turmoil or unrest or disagreement, he pops up. We all find whatever we need in a particular character, whatever that may be. So, I can’t say that the way anyone is using the character is wrong. If that’s what they see in the character, then that’s what works for them.” (via the Hollywood Reporter)
(1941’s Captain America by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby)
Tripwire reports that one of the few 2000 AD fortieth anniversary events taking place outside London is about to happen in sunny Margate, as part of GEEK, with original artwork collected by top comics artist Rufus Dayglo on show from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th of February. Zarjaz.
How amazing is this fan-film set in the world of one of my all-time favourite films, Blade Runner? Astonishingly this was put together by Christopher Grant Harvey on a budget of only $1500. (via BoingBoing)
Screenbound announced two new labels which will deal in cult Euro films, Maison Rouge (exploittion and Euro Sleaze) and Black House Films (cult Euro horror): “Maison Rouge kicks off with two classic titles, the first is from master of Euro Sleaze Jess Franco – Female Vampire (aka Bare Breasted Countess) – which arrives on DVD on 6 March 2017, followed by two Patrice Rhomm classics Helga, She Wolf of Stilberg on DVD 13 March 2017 and Elsa Fraulein SS set for release on 17 April 2017.” The first release from Black House Films will be zombie classic Zombie Lake from French horror maestro Jean Rollin, set for DVD on 20 March 2017 and Juan Fortuny’s Crimson on 17 April 2017.
Delighted to hear that Hannah Berry has a new book, Livestock, out this May from Jonathan Cape, combining the world of celebrity and politics, it should be pretty pertinent to current events. I’ve really enjoyed Hannah’s work ever since her debut graphic novel Britten and Brulightly, so I’m looking forward to this. Hannah has a wee preview set up for readers to check out here.
Another one courtesy of Joel at Tripwire and John McCrea on Facebook, the good news that Luton is honouring Steve Dillon, who sadly passed last October, with two specially named streets; Preacher Close and Cassidy Close. It’s a very nice thing for the local council to do, but isn’t there just a little part of you thinks a couple of things? shouldn’t there be a Dillon Road? and if they’re insisting on naming the roads after the characters shouldn’t there be a Tulip Close as well?
Comic Journalist Steve Morris is involved with a new project available on Patreon: MNT.
MNT is a comic newsletter, available for as little as a $1 pledge on Patreon. The first issue runs like this:
In this issue, guest essayist Rosie Knight draws upon her experiences within the direct market to point out the distribution system’s pros and failings, Steve Morris interviews retailer Ariell Johnson about her first year in the industry and her plans for Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, and Megan Purdy reviews Adam Rapp and Mike Cavallaro’s Decelerate Blue.
Plus, we discuss Donald Trump’s unexpected impact on comics, examine Marvel and DC’s recent changes in price and digital strategy, and look back at the career of John Watkiss.
Steve’s a fine, fine writer so I’d heartily recommend you take a look.
Every year, around the world, comic artists join together in the insanity that is hourly comics day. And every year, every single bloody year, I forget about it until I start seeing posts popping up on social media. This year is absolutely no exception.
Each artist tries to make a page an hour, every hour, for a day. Mad if you ask me.
Google around for more, but here’s what I noticed, or at least a few of them….
And finally…. Lucy Knisley. Who basically wins everything. All this. So good. And a new mum.
Celebrating thirty years of The Culture – three decades on since the publication of Consider Phlebeas by the late Iain M Banks, Damien Walter in the Guardian considers the five best of Iain’s Culture novels. It still pains me that I won’t just bump into Iain in an Edinburgh bookstore or pub, or at the book festival, and I know that’s the same for many of you – friendly, approachable, how many of you enjoyed getting to chat with him in the bar after an event or SF con? It’s one of the aspects of science fiction and comics fandom I like, most of the creators enjoy just chatting with the readers over a drink after an event, all readers, all geeks, and Iain was one of the friendliest. And those who didn’t get to meet him, how many of you felt as if you knew him through his words? I am glad we still have all those books though, and that the Culture novels have such a respected place in science fiction’s pantheon.
(Iain Banks and Ian Rankin enjoying one of Edinburgh’s fine pubs back in better days, pic from my Flickr)
Stephen Waller made me giggle with this:
Happy Toast imagines how the tale of Harry Potter would have turned out if it had been told by the great Edward Gorey:
Good chum of the blog and sometime contributor Matt “Mechanoids are cuter than Daleks” Badham and Leon “Jelly Babies are an essential food group” Hewitt have set up the Never Cruel or Cowardly podcast, talking about their favourite topic (and one of ours), Doctor Who, with the most recent episode discussing the art of the cliffhanger – check them out on Soundcloud and Twitter.
Sad news this week for science fiction fans – we lost Richard Hatch, the only actor to appear in both the original 70s and the rather darker, more grittily dramatic 2000s reworking of Battlestar Galactica. The BBC reported that Richard passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 71. Many in fandom knew him not just for his roles in both shows, but also as someone who worked hard in the years in-between to keep the flame of Galactica alive. RIP, Richard, you will always be Apollo to many of us.
The upcoming Netflix series of Marvel’s Iron Fist get a new trailer (I know I shouldn’t complain about there being too many comics-based shows to keep up with when for years we had so few, but it is getting hard to follow them all!! Embarrassment of riches)